The Disney subsidiary has launched several legal actions to prevent the heirs of the creators of its superheroes from reclaiming rights to franchises such as Iron Man and Spider-Man.
Marvel Entertainment, a subsidiary of the Disney group, “Go to court to keep control of characters from the Avengers saga, including Iron Man, Spider-Man, Dr Strange, Ant-Man, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Falcon”, revealed Friday, September 24 The Hollywood Reporter.
As the entertainment industry weekly reports, Marvel has filed a series of lawsuits in California and New York State courts that target the rights holders of several superhero creators – including the heirs. by designer Stan Lee, a legend of geek culture, who died in 2018.
The requests follow, according to this source, a first action of the beneficiaries of another author and designer of the Marvel universe, Steve Ditko. In August, the latter have “Requested termination with the US Copyright Office of the exploitation rights of Spider-Man and Dr. Strange”, report The Guardian. As the daily explains, the rights to these two characters are currently held by Marvel (with the notable exception of the film rights to Spider-Man, which belong to Sony). The newspaper continues:
But the heirs of Ditko, who participated in the creation of [ces super-héros] with Stan Lee, want to recover them by June 2023 thanks to a clause in US law on intellectual property.”
By taking legal action, Marvel is hoping to gain assurance that the rights to the Avengers – named after a team of superheroes launched in 1963 in a signed album of the same name.